Leading players in the marine coatings and associated fields have come together to launch a new standard and formal qualification in response to concerns raised by the leisure vessel, superyacht and shipping industry.
Before this qualification was developed there were no specific qualifications for marine coatings Inspectors. The Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors (RMCI) qualification was instigated by the Super Yacht Builders Association (SYBAss) in conjunction with the International Confederation of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and working with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS). The course, the qualification and the certification system have been produced in response to the request by these bodies.
To be accepted on this week long course, which includes a formal examination, candidates will have a NACE, FROSIO, or ICorr Level II qualifications, or significant relevant industry experience.
The pilot course is being held from 8-12 September 2014 at Portchester, Hampshire and is being attended by selected experts from the partner organisations and ship yards. The aim of the pilot course is to give the RMCI stakeholders to test the robustness of the course and to provide feedback.
The first live RMCI course is planned for the week commencing 20 October and will take place at the iconic Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. More coures are planned in the UK and around the world in 2015. Details to follow soon.
How the qualification will be used
In time, to carry out marine coating inspections, Inspectors will require the RMCI qualification. In future SYBAss members, the paint companies, ship yards and coating facilities worldwide will only accept Inspectors into their facilities who have this qualification. The RMCI qualification is organised, managed and delivered by the International Institute of Marine Surveying through the Marine Surveying Academy. The qualification is jointly certificated by IIMS and ICorr.